7 August-10 September
About Face exhibition
About Face brings together a selection of 22 portraits by key New Zealand artists, from the Eastern Southland Gallery’s permanent collection.
The exhibition explores the unique way in which artists see others, as well as the way they view and present themselves. A good portrait succeeds in arousing our interest in the life and individuality of the sitter. Much more than a mere likeness, it captures the unique character and essence of the sitter.
The exhibition features both historical and contemporary works, in a wide variety of styles and media. The identities of the sitters range from poets to artists, and a number of subjects are represented more than once.
Historical works include the meticulously rendered portrait ‘The Belle of Marken’, by Dutch realist painter Petrus van der Velden. In marked contrast is Murray Webb’s caricature of Ralph Hotere in pen and ink and Nigel Brown’s ‘Self Portrait at Cosy Nook’. Other artists represented are Grahame Sydney, Rita Angus, Rudolph Gopas, Simon Richardson, Els Noordhof and Jeffrey Harris.
Where: Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore
When: Monday to Friday 10am - 4.30pm, Weekends 1pm - 4pm